Where Can I Drive a Race Car? 13 Amazing Experiences Revealed

If you’ve ever wanted to follow in the footsteps of your Formula One or NASCAR heroes, you might be wondering, ‘Where can I drive a race car?’ or perhaps ‘Am I even allowed to hold the power of one of these amazing machines in my own hands?!’. Well, we’re here to tell you that YES, that is a definite possibility, and we can show you when, where and how you can drive a race car wherever you are in the world.

Whether you’re looking for a stock car experience in the United States or want to drive a real F1 car on a private track in the south of France, read on to find out how you can make these dreams into a reality.

There are so many different race car experiences out there that there really is something for everyone!
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NASCAR Driving Experience: Daytona International Speedway

With this NASCAR Rookie driving experience, you can live out your Daytona 500 fantasies by getting behind the wheel in a real NASCAR race car and taking it for a spin around the track. You’ll be able to enjoy an 8-minute timed experience with in-car radio communications with your own personal spotter, and you’ll receive a graduation certificate upon completion of this awesome ride.  

With the NASCAR Racing Experience you won’t have to dawdle along behind a lead car as they offer complete guidance and training so that you’re ready to take the wheel and drive to your heart’s content as you fly around the track.  

You can even upgrade to a film and photo package which combines videos of yourself driving as well as a view of the track so you can relive the memories of this incredible experience time and time again.  

Prices start from $599 USD. 

Formula Ford Single Seater in the UK

The single-seater driving experience at Castle Combe Circuit in Wiltshire in the UK allows you to get close to the ground as you whizz around the track at high speed.  

First, you will hop in the Ford Fiesta Zetec S with an instructor who will show you the ropes, then you’ll take on four laps of the circuit on your own to get a feel for the turns and straights of the track. Lastly, you’ll upgrade to the Formula Ford Single Seater a classic open-wheel formula racing car, in which you’ll be able to speed around six laps of the course. 

This all-encompassing experience lets you feel like a true racing driver, feeling the pull of the car as you tear around the track. 

Prices start from $225 USD. 

Race a Ferrari in Las Vegas

Have you ever wanted to get behind the wheel of one of these iconic red race cars? Well, now’s your chance as you take a Ferrari for a spin on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway feeling the rush of adrenaline pump through your veins while on the track. 

Your Ferrari experience will include expert tuition and guidance in the classroom before you head out on the track to enjoy the thrill of the ride. The Las Vegas Motor Speedway features seven awesome curves for thrill-seekers to try their hand at turns as well as a 1,800-foot straight which allows you to put your pedal to the metal and feel the need for speed! 

Each experience includes a Racing Completion Certificate, and you can take as many photos as you like to remember the ride.  

Prices start from $299 (5 laps). 

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Formula Racing Starter at Nürburgring

Nürburgring is arguably the most famous racetrack in the world, with automotive teams coming here to try out their new vehicles to see what the machines can do! Thankfully, the Nürburgring Driving Academy means that it’s not only the professionals who get to experience this incredible track.  

The expert team here helps you get into the driver’s seat so that you can feel the centrifugal forces at work as you pump up the speed and feel your heart begin to race! Whether you opt for a beginner class or go all out with a professional course, the Nürburgring Driving Academy has you covered. This is the ultimate for Formula One lovers, and you’ll have serious bragging rights when you tell your friends and family that you have driven at Nürburgring!  

Prices start from $433 USD. 

Ice Car Driving Experience

If you’ve driven a supercar before and are now seeking the next level driving experience, look no further than the Ultimate Driving Tours Ice Driving Adventure. This Scandinavian exploration takes you off-roading on ice in Sweden and Iceland, driving Arctic Trucks, snowmobiles and supercars. 

The experience allows you to drive a selection of luxury, sport and supercars on four full-scale Formula One circuits carved out of ice – does it get much cooler than that?! This tour makes you feel as though you are one of the Top Gear crew as you discover the Icelandic Highlands and Swedish Lapland while driving cars such as the Ferrari 458 Italia, the Porsche 911 GT3 (997) and Toyota Landcruiser Customs. 

Prices start from $4490 USD. 

Six Supercar Blast

If you love cars so much that you couldn’t possibly just choose one to drive, why not opt for more with the Six Supercar Blast at Bovingdon in the UK. This incredible driving experience allows you to enjoy four laps in each of your six chosen cars as well as a high-speed passenger ride with a professional.  

You can feel the pull of each vehicle as you dart around the track, choosing which car gives you the biggest thrill.  

Guests can choose between the likes of the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Bentley Continental GT, Audi R8, Porsche GT2, TVR T350, Mitsubishi Evo X, Subaru Impreza WRX STI, BMW M3, Fast and Furious R34 Skyline and Lotus Evora (subject to availability). 

Prices start from $342 USD. 

Drive an Indy Car

Follow in the footsteps of the legendary racing driver, Mario Andretti, as you drive an Indy Car around the Texas Motor Speedway. You’ll have the chance to drive a full-size, open wheel, Indy-style race car, hurtling around the track without a lead car.  

You’ll learn the ins and outs of the vehicle as well as information about the history of the sport, before becoming a racing driver yourself! 

You will have two-way radio comms with your own private racing instructor so that you can continue to improve on each lap, reaching epic speeds and taking turns in your stride. You’re even allowed to pass other cars if there are other drivers on the track, enabling you to feel like you’re taking part in a real Indy Speedway race! 

Prices start from $359 USD. 

Extreme Dodgems in the UK

Race around the track with up to 10 other vehicles as you dodge and dive out of each other’s way while speeding around the circuit. The Extreme Dodgems Experience allows you to drive a 1200cc saloon stock car around the track for 24 laps, enjoying two heats and then a final race if you make it to the end!  

Each car is equipped with a full bumper frame to ensure safety is a priority, so even if there is some contact during the ride, you’ll be safe and secure. Petrolheads will love this fun race car experience, and it’s a great idea for a stag do or birthday celebration with a group of friends! 

Prices start from $182 USD. 

Drive An Aston Martin In Australia

Experience the rush of driving a luxury race car at Baskerville Raceway as you get behind the wheel of an Aston Martin Vantage with an experienced racing driver by your side. Your expert guide will give you tips and tricks on taking control of the vehicle and will offer in-car coaching so that you can make the most of your drive. 

There is no speed limit on the Baskerville track so you can put your foot down and enjoy the thrill of the ride. The Aston Martin Vantage is fitted with a paddle-shift transmission which your coach will help you understand completely so you can feel in control of the car and like a bona fide supercar driver! 

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Prices start from $200 USD 

Supercars in Singapore

This Supercar experience in Singapore allows you to warm up on the actual F1 race track used for the Singapore Grand Prix before heading out onto the ECP Freeway where you can enjoy a 30-minute drive. Choose between a Ferrari California, a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder and a McLaren MP4-12C Spider or upgrade to a Lamborghini Huracán or a Ferrari 458! Each of these cars is built for speed, and you will truly be able to feel the buzz as you get behind the wheel and put the pedal to the metal!  

Your English-speaking guide will explain everything you need to know about the vehicle and will be on hand to make you get the most out of your experience. Once you arrive back at base, you’ll receive a driving certificate and can take photos with your luxury supercar. 

Prices start from $432 USD. 

Dirtfish Driving School

If rally driving is more your thing, then check out the Dirtfish driving school in the Cascade Mountains just outside of Seattle. This specialist school has been teaching the art of rally racing for almost a decade, so they certainly know how to help you keep your hands on the wheel while getting down and dirty in the mud! 

Their half-day driving programme gives you all the basics you need to know about the vehicle before getting out there and experiencing it on three different courses. If that wasn’t enough, visitors get the chance to enjoy a Thrill Ride with a professional who will really show you what these machines can do! This will leave you longing to return and to take on their longer and more challenging driving programmes. 

Prices start from $799 USD (half-day). 

Drive an F1 Car In France

This exclusive experience is an absolute must for Formula One Fans as you have the chance to drive a real ex-F1 car on a private track in the south of France. Petrolheads will love the roar of the 600HP Cosworth engine as it races around the track, feeling the grip and power of this majestic car on the tarmac. 

Ultimate Driving Tours allow you to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience as part of the European Supercar Tour, the pinnacle of all driving experiences. Spend four days travelling through Europe developing your driving skills on alpine passes, autostradas and private tracks, all behind the wheels of some of the world’s best supercars. 

Finish off your supercar trip with a trip to the Monaco Grand Prix, living a life of luxury along the way! 

Prices start from $13,750 USD 

Drag Racing in Perth

If you don’t fancy getting behind the wheel of the vehicle yourself but still have a taste for the fast life, you can opt for a passenger ride such as the Drag Racing Experience at the Perth Motorplex in Western Australia. This epic experience allows you to reach speeds of up to 250km/h and to feel the pull of 2.5Gs as you launch down the quarter-mile straight!  

The three-seater dragster moves from 0-100km/h in less than two seconds, and your photo and video package will be the perfect way of remembering this crazy, adrenaline-filled moment! 

Prices start from $266 USD. 

No doubt by now you’re itching to experience the ultimate race car ride, so now it’s just a case of choosing your experience and adding it to your Bucket List!

Let us know which race car experience takes your fancy in the comments below.

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